Contraband Tobacco


Contraband tobacco contributes to the tobacco epidemic in Ontario. The low cost and easy availability of contraband tobacco blocks our progress in reducing smoking rates. Cheap tobacco impedes smoking prevention, protection and cessation efforts, and it contributes to an environment where smoking prevalence no longer shows significant signs of decline.

Public health units are working to:

  • Raise awareness of contraband and illegal tobacco, how cheaper prices make tobacco more accessible to youth and how contraband makes it more difficult for smokers to quit
  • Differentiate the public health message about contraband from the anti-contraband messaging  from the convenience store and tobacco industries
  • Build partnerships among the wide range of organizations and agencies that are working on this issue

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Recent research:

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